He’s gotten a taste of what that might be like as the student program manager for SPACE HAUC
(pronounced “Space Hawk”), UMass Lowell’s first student-built satellite, which is scheduled for launch into orbit later this year.
The Honors College
student from Lowell, who is a computer science
triple major, joined the SPACE HAUC project (which stands for Science Program Around Communications Engineering with High-Achieving Undergraduate Cadres) in 2016.
Dy is part of a team of 100 students from physics, math, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering that has been working on the satellite, which is funded with a two-year, $200,000 grant from NASA. The team is building and testing the satellite’s components at the university’s Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology
. Launch is slated for this fall
from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Dy has learned far more than he ever expected from the experience.
“I expected that I would be exposed to how my areas of study are used in space science missions and building spacecraft,” he says. “What I didn’t expect was to learn almost the entire process of putting together a spaceflight mission – from identifying the mission’s goals and recruiting team members to learning new concepts I wouldn’t otherwise learn in class, and now to running and coordinating the entire mission.”
Being part of the project has shaped his future plans.
“Because of SPACE HAUC, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in either astronomy or computer science,” he says.